The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) evacuated today 179 migrants from Libya to Niger. The group included children, women at risk, survivors of violence, people with serious medical conditions, survivors of trafficking and some who had recently been released from detention, according to UNHCR.
“During the stay in the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, UNHCR provides asylum-seekers and refugees with accommodation, assistance and services, including medical care, psychosocial support, and language classes,” the U.N. agency said in a statement via Facebook.
“UNHCR aims to help them to find durable solutions such as resettlement to third countries,” it added.
Since 2017, UNHCR has assisted more than 4,200 people to depart to the ETM in Niger, in addition to assisting departure to third countries through resettlement, evacuation, and complementary pathways for another over 5,800 asylum-seekers and refugees.